heartrending

[ hahrt-ren-ding ]
/ ˈhɑrtˌrɛn dɪŋ /

adjective

causing or expressing intense grief, anguish, or distress.

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Origin of heartrending

First recorded in 1680–90; heart + rending

OTHER WORDS FROM heartrending

heart·rend·ing·ly, adverb

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH heartrending

gut-wrenching, heartrending
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British Dictionary definitions for heartrending

heart-rending

adjective

causing great mental pain and sorrow

Derived forms of heart-rending

heart-rendingly, adverb
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